Clean Energy Policy News

24 May 2012
In a recent announcement, the IEA estimated that fossil fuel-related carbon dioxide emissions increased 3.2% in 2011 to a new record high. CO2 Emissions in 2011 reached 31.6 gigatonnes, despite a very modest decrease of emissions from OECD countries. Learn more.
20 May 2012
The Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development and UNIDO recently formed an agreement for technology and knowledge transfer relating to renewable energy and energy efficiency to developing countries. The two agencies aim to promote sustainable development. Learn more.
25 April 2012
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has launched its 2012 Tracking Clean Energy Progress report at the third Clean Energy Ministerial in London. The report finds that most clean energy technologies are not on track to make their required contribution to reducing carbon dioxide emissions and thereby provide a more secure energy system. Learn more.
20 April 2012
Thanks to a new partnership effort with Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the Clean Energy Solutions Center now features quarterly newsletters summarizing clean energy developments in finance, generating costs, and policy. Learn more.
20 April 2012
A new working paper from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), titled Renewable Energy Jobs: Status, Prospects & Policies, aims to provide an overview of current knowledge on five questions related to grid-connected electricity generation technologies and biofuels. Learn more.
12 April 2012
In Abu Dhabi, Paris, Davos, and New Delhi, the Clean Energy Solutions Center recently presented preliminary results of a high renewable energy penetration analysis that we developed in partnership with several international organizations and governments. The study focuses on best practices and case study comparisons from Australia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Spain and the United States. The resulting report and its companion summary for policymakers synthesizes lessons on effective policies, regulations, planning, and practices for achieving and managing significant renewable energy penetration into large-scale electricity grid systems. Learn more.
6 April 2012
The Global Cool Cities Alliance (GCCA) has launched a Cool Roofs and Pavements Toolkit to help cities, regions, organizations, and building owners develop and deploy successful cool surface initiatives. Learn more.
17 January 2012
In early 2012, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) released Industrial Energy Efficiency for Sustainable Wealth Creation: Capturing Environmental, Economic and Social Dividends, which stresses that sustainable energy production and industrial energy efficiency are key to sustainable industrial development. Learn more.
4 January 2012
The International Renewable Energy Agency and the Solutions Center will join forces in 2013 to collaborate on the Renewable Energy Policy Advice Network, by which experts and practitioners will offer advice, free of charge, on policies to accelerate the market introduction of renewable energy in countries around the world. Learn more.
25 October 2011
A new report from the Institute for Industrial Productivity describes the policy packages of six countries—China, India, Japan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States—that directly or indirectly affect industrial energy efficiency or greenhouse gas emissions. The report, Ten Key Messages for Effective Policy Packages: Sharing Best Practices in Industrial Energy Efficiency Policies, proposes that an effective policy approach requires a "policy pyramid" consisting of three policy levels. Learn more.